We never advocate freezing bottles for a race as sometimes they do not unfreeze but in Kona, we knew they would unfreeze.
Instead, I watched live footage of the live footage.
He grabbed his lucky Cupcakes with Cal hat (which he has worn in every race since Kona last year), his Fuel belt (3 flasks) and put on his New Balance Zante V2 running shoes (which he absolutely loves - light but cushy).
I forgot to mention that throughout the race, Karel consumed 4 Hot Shots (1 before the swim, 1 in T1, 1 in T2 and 1 on run course). He said he wished he would have brought one with him on the bike instead of taking one in T2.
He is great at digging really deep.
Sure, I always want a better result but in all honesty, this was my best on that day. Especially considering that it was my 3rd Ironman race since the end of June, I'm happy with how my body held up this summer and how I was able to execute this race, given the conditions.
I knew I could settle into a good rhythm again once I hit the Queen K on the downhill. I was just focusing on one aid station after another aid station. I would take a quick stop or walk to get what I needed, and to reset my form, and then I would run to the next one.
I really soaked it all in and I was glad I finished my 2nd Ironman World Championship.